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Apple tries to patent method to lock down your mobile device
Posted: 03-Oct-2009 [Source: arstechnica]

[A recently published patent application has Apple seeking "provisioning" of services on a mobile device based on a custom carrier profile.]

By Chris Foresman -- "Hate that carriers often cripple mobile devices by selectively removing features with custom firmware? Apple has applied for a patent on a system that would let carriers do the same thing for smartphones. The anti-consumer practices that such a system enables are the last thing Apple needs while mired in an FCC investigation over iPhone app rejections."

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